So here I sit in my darkened, candlelit house at the Jersey Shore the night after Sandy rolled through and destroyed everything in her path. And what does one do when they are recovering from a hurricane with no power, phone or heat?
They read Someone to Watch Over Me by Miss “JC Bodden”, herself. And I have one thing to say about it:
HOLY CRAP - THIS BOOK ROCKS.
I started this book two years ago when JC was posting a chapter a week...but started another book in between weeks and kept meaning to go back to it. And a few weeks ago, it was published by Amazon and became available on my Kindle...so I downloaded it. And now? Well here I am...unsure of whether we can drink water from the faucets and finding myself in tears every time I see another Jersey Shore landmark in ruins...
...Yet I am not only reading it...but loving it! What a tale!
SPOILER ALERT: Don’t read unless you have read Chapter 6 in Someone to Watch Over Me.
OMG Could I be any more heartbroken for this poor little fellow, Joe?!? And then to see him as a man - a HOT, blue-eyed man - it’s truly too much for me to take. The teasing killed me...but his mother not being affectionate with him upset me even more. I truly believe you can make it through anything if you have a good support system at home. So the deck is stacked against this kid from Day 1. Which is why I’m desperately hoping he’s not up-to-no-good when it comes to the dorm and all the shenanigans going on there. He’s so lovable and vulnerable; I really hope Jennie doesn’t screw this up. Who doesn’t want a man you can take care of? This poor soul needs some major love...and so does she, right? So let’s see them get together!!!
(No worries. If they don’t, I’ll just make JC write me another one, a la Kathy Bates in Misery!) ;)
Off to read...someone just turned off the hot water heater (just like the entire state of New Jersey) and Jennie’s dad may be on the case!
SPOILER ALERT: Don’t read unless you have read up to Chapter 24 in Someone to Watch Over Me. Sorry it took so long but hell - I couldn’t put it down!
Um..Jennie...are you effing KIDDING ME??? You’re going to go out with that slimeball Wagner? I don’t care how hot he is...he’s a freak. I totally think he’s the freak in the baseball hat who has been stalking you. I think he’s in cahoots with the alcohol//cigarette-smelling dude who attacked the redhead outside the library. He’s CLEARLY got a camera on you since he keeps asking about things like your little black dress that he shouldn’t know you have or the fact that you’re sitting around in your robe. Creepy, party of Wagner? And my GOD - could you be any more blind to Joe’s awesomeness? You totally dig him - so why don’t you see it? UGH.
SPOILER ALERT - I’m on Chapter 25 in Someone to Watch Over Me.
OMG the Wagner thing is driving me bonkers. Who is he. I know he ties into all this. Was he one of Joe’s foster brothers? I think he’s trying to get back at Joe by going after Jennie. I LOVE how the dumbass finds his rose and note and doesn’t put two and two together that he misspelled her name. And I can’t figure out if it’s a good thing - or a bad thing - that he misspelled her name. You’d THINK he’d be smart enough to remember the stalker spelled her name wrong...and say “Oh gee - I better spell it the right way or she’s going to get suspicious”. MEANWHILE - oh no - not JennIE - she’s not suspicious...because she’s a DUMBASS. I am getting pissed. That’s how you know a book is good. ;)
SPOILER ALERT: I’m starting Chapter 28 in Someone to Watch over Me.
You know what really bothers me? No one looks at Joe because he’s the maintenance dude. And that pisses me off. He’s obviously adorable with those gorgeous eyes. And the whole hearing-impaired thing is a plus - by which I would be non-plussed. Guys with a vulnerability are always hotter in my opinion. He’s a good guy - a hard worker - adorable - helpful - really sweet - geez - what is WRONG with these women?? They’re always gawking at douchy Wagner but they never even notice Joe.
SPOILER ALERT: I am on chapter 31 in Someone to Watch Over Me.
Oh my god - HOW can they not know there is a CAMERA on them in Jennie’s livingroom?!? Wagner just busts in when they’re all over each other (um, YEY!) and they don’t think “Gee...how’d he know to come in right then?” UGH!!! I want to smack them! But I really don’t because I am so happy Jennie finally came to her senses and realized she loves Joe (aka Hottie MacHotpants.)
SPOILER ALERT: I am on chapter 34 in Someone to Watch Over Me.
OHSHITOHSHITOHSHITOHSHITOHSHITOHSHITOHSHITOHSHITT!!! That piece of shit has been watching from UPSTAIRS IN THE ATTIC this whole time and he’s going to frame JOE!!! Oh SHIT!!!!!
OK here’s my prediction. Wagner is the son of the guy who killed Joe’s mother. He’s seeking revenge against Joe for sending his dad to prison for the rest of his life...and he’s going after everything Joe ever loved. This includes Jennie (said like Forrest Gump), Mama Tilley and Papa Mickey. Let’s see how close - or far - I came to the truth!
SPOILER ALERT: I am finished Someone to Watch Over Me!
WOW - did not see the Wagner/Amy relationship coming! Outstanding! Kudos, JC, you totally had me - and I love that! I thought the book was really good...keeps you on the edge of your seat. I wanted to blog more, early on...but I didn’t want to stop reading! LOVE LOVE LOVE Joe. Need more Joe. Need more of the new Joe/Jennie relationship. (Love the whole Jennie/Jenny spelling thing, by the way.) I want to hear him tell her how shitty his life was and I want her to comfort him...and I want them to get married and have kids so we can see what an awesome dad he would be.
NEED. MORE. JOE!!!!! :)